Last week, we screened the 19-minute documentary “Behind the Scenes of Liberation Days” to a lively house of cast and crew at the Capitol Theatre. Nelson high school students, Noah Gaffran, Aydin Long, Graeme Sherman, Dani Snell and Sebastian Bodine, all met with Amy Bohigian over the course of the show’s rehearsals and backstage meetings to interview the cast and crew and document the creation of this play. The documentary explores the issues the characters face as the Dutch were liberated by Canadian troops at the end of WWII along with a candid look at how the Director and all the crew worked collaboratively to create an immersive drama on our local stage. The structure of the documentary was determined early on in the process and was pulled together by the team of filmmakers, as each youth chose a section of the documentary to edit. Thanks to Stephanie Fischer, Capitol Theatre Executive Director and Producer, for making this project possible. Here’s a link to view the full documentary: https://youtu.be/P8paYvYDPrY
Watershed Productions worked with the Trail Area Health and Environment Program to complete a series of videos to support do-it-yourselfers and contractors complete lead safe renovations. We worked with seven households and one contractor to shoot a series of eight videos based on ‘in progress’ renovations happening in the Greater Trail region. Martin Gonzales shot the aerial footage, Daryl Jolly created all the graphics, Ben Euerby composed the original score and Amy Bohigian directed, shot (Panasonic GH4) and edited the video series. Wayne Kelly of BC Trail Morning Show did the voice over for the promotional trailer seen here.Watch the “Made in Trail” Lead Safe Renovation Videos here
I am honoured to be nominated as an ‘Influential Women in Business” this year by Kootenay Business Magazine. And, they decided to do an article about the work I’ve been doing the past little while: http://kootenaybiz.com/nelson/article/speaking_through_her_camera
We had the official premiere of “Karri’s Story” on October 20th with Karri’s friends, classmates, and family in attendance. This eleven minute documentary tells the story of Karri, a young adult who has grown up with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.) Holly Biggar (Producer), Robyn Sheppard (Director) and Carolyn McCartney (Karri’s mom) invited me to work on the this moving story about a girl becoming a woman, who, despite the numerous challenges of living with FASD, lives every day with the compassion and bravery we all wish to integrate into our lives.
The documentary will be utilized in school settings and at educational conferences to raise awareness about people living with FASD with the aim to create more inclusive settings in both classrooms and workplaces. For a link to the film (active November 2015) visit the Provincial Outreach Program for FASD website (POPFASD). Sandy Boscariol from POPFASD worked as a consultant for the film and will be working to ensure the film is seen across the province.
This last week CBC called to do a radio interview and web story on Dreamers and Dissidents following the broadcast premiere on the Knowledge Network on Monday, August 3rd. Here’s the web story and link to the radio interview. Chris Walker seemed to want a little controversy in the radio interview, asking about gentrification of Nelson. Listen for my response…STORY AND INTERVIEW HERE
This summer’s program was our biggest and boldest yet. So much fun, so many movies and so many filmmakers unleashed in the world.
One and Two Week Programs for New and Advanced Filmmakers – SUMMER 2015
PRODUCTION CREW: 6-7 year olds
July 6-10th, Monday to Friday 9AM-12PM
JUNIOR DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 8-10 year olds
July 27-31st, Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM
DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 11-13 year olds
July 20-24th, Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM
SENIOR DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 14-18 year olds
Earn 4 high school credits through SelfDesign High (not Selkirk College)
Grade 10, 11, 12 participants who reside in BC
July 6-17th, Monday to Friday, 9AM-3PM
Youth ages 6-18 create dynamic short digital films from start to finish
All sessions take place on the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College where participants have direct access to professional camera gear and the latest in digital film software
Professional instructors facilitate a safe, fun and hands-on environment for all types of learners
Participants work as a crew to develop the technical and creative skills of filmmaking as cooperation, communication and leadership skills are emphasized throughout the learning process
All programs run Monday–Friday, from 9am–3pm, except the 6-7 year olds who attend from 9AM-12PM each day.
The Graduation Celebration takes place on the last Friday. All family and friends are invited to a screening of the final films.
The following interview was conducted by Brielle Morgan from Knowledge Network with Amy Bohigian about Dreamers and Dissidents. It can be found here on the Knowledge Network website
The broadcast premiere of Dreamers and Dissidents is August 3rd at 8PM. For those of you without cable, visit www.knowledge.ca to view the series starting on August 3rd at 8PM.
I was asked by Kootenay Lake/School District 8 wanted to showcase the innovative approach that Teresa Olleck, a grade one teacher from South Nelson Elementary School, takes to teach her students about nature and community. It’s no coincidence that my kids are in her class – it was an absolute pleasure seeing a master teacher in action alongside my children and their classmates over the course of the school year. “The Forest Garden” video follows the 21 students and their teacher on their weekly trips to the community garden space where they learn how to steward a public space and find delight in the animals and plants of the garden. See the video here: https://vimeo.com/130352129
It was fun to be profiled in the Fernie Fix here. Thanks to Hannah Griffin who tracked me down and did this interview. While we didn’t actually cross paths in the wilds of Ontario, she became a staff member at YMCA Camp Pinecrest where I used to work before I moved to Nelson. Small world.